POL ROGER BRUT NV
Pol Roger Champagne was established in 1849 by a young Frenchman called Pol Roger, who was just 19 years old at the time. The company is now run by the fifth generation and remains in family hands, one of the few big champagne houses to stake such a claim to fame.
This wine, the Brut Réserve, is the flagship of the house and is a threeway blend of the three primary champagne grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, grown on 30 different vineyard sites. It includes 25% reserve wines in the non vintage (NV) blend, which is a relatively high proportion and provides richness and savoury flavours to the bubbly, which retains freshness from the crisp acidity from early harvested grapes in the balancing 75% of the bubbly.
Pinot Noir brings structure, body and power while Pinot Meunier adds body and roundness with the Chardonnay adding aromatic complexity, finesse and freshness. Each of the different grape varieties comes from a different area in the Champagne region. The wine is aged for four years following its secondary fermentation and it is one of the best known and best quality champagnes, thanks to high quality grapes and a long legacy of qualitative production methods.